Chain stitch (drawn thread)
- Knotted border stitch
- Knotted clusters
Prepare for chain stitch by following one of the drawn thread removal techniques - see stitch entries ‘Drawn thread preparation’ or ‘Drawn thread preparation with buttonhole edges’ for further information and methods.
In this sample, five threads were removed, and then overcast hem stitch was worked to gather the threads in bunches of two.
Cast on in the overwoven end, count over two bunches and take the needle down.
Bring the needle up again in the first gap, below the first stitch.
Take the needle down in the first gap, above the first stitch, leaving a loop.
Count under two bunches and bring the needle up, inside the loop.
Pull through to close the chain. Remember this is a chain stitch rather than a knot, so do not pull too tight.
The finished sample of chain stitch.
Structure of stitch
Chain stitch is lovely on narrow borders, but may also be repeated to fill a larger border.
Various Authors, The Royal School of Needlework Book of Embroidery (2018) , p.341